The Fill the Plate, Feed a Family Challenge is a fundraising initiative which directly supports The Market at Gray House and helps put nutritious food on the tables of families in need. We encourage individuals, businesses and community groups to make a donation and post a photo with an empty plate on social media, encouraging others to join you. The empty plates represent all of the families that would go hungry without your support. Please consider making a donation this year as we work toward our goal of raising $15,000 during September 2019. The first $4,000 in donations through the site will be matched thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor!
Since it’s inception in 2015, YOU have helped us raise over $44,000 through our Fill the Plate, Feed a Family Challenge! The initiative originated in 2015 out of a need to raise $10,000 in order to receive a $10,000 matching grant. Because of your generosity, we did it!
The initiative has become an annual challenge, incorporating different events such as our Hot Table Fundraiser and Munich Haus event. In 2019, there will be several “food themed” teams helping us raise money. They will each set their own personal goals and work to bring in new donors from their networks with creative social media posts and good ol’ fashioned “asks”! The team that raises the most money will be recognized at our Full Plate Celebration at The Munich Haus on Wednesday, September 25. The money raised through this initiative is leveraged to provide people in our community with much needed groceries.
Food insecurity is an issue that over 223,000 individuals in Western Mass face. The Gray House is committed to addressing this issue by providing households with nutritious groceries. On average, 460 families receive assistance from The Market at Gray House each month. This critical service is a first step in helping people improve their ability to resolve crises and achieve and maintain a more stable situation. Food assistance allows families to reallocate their limited funds to other expenses that impact their ability to maintain a job or housing such as rent, transportation, utility bills, childcare and healthcare expenses.
Thank you to everyone who donated to help us #FillThePlate!